Today the curtains open wide to show the bright sunshine outside
And there, just waiting, at the gate – my friendly blackbird, am I late?
No, pigeons have devoured the seed and left, so he has space to feed
I’ll rise and juicy currants find, for now the larger birds have dined
On corn and peanuts, he can have a breakfast that I know he’ll love
And I can watch his handsome form – so sleek, so black, he greets the dawn
With song that’s always my delight. It’s like a thank-you, and the sight
Of yellow beak and beady eye just complements the pale blue sky.
To share the summer with the birds encourages me to find the words-
For simple pleasures can bring cheer. It isn’t miserable all year!